Our Vegetables

"To be interested in food but not in food production is clearly absurd." ~Wendell Berry

Isn't it a miracle that a box of seeds, two acres of land, and a few farmers can produce enough vegetables to feed hundreds of families over the course of a season?

We grow over 100 varieties of vegetables.  We only use 100% non-GMO seed.  Our seeds are started in certified organic local potting soil or directly seeded into our garden beds using a precision direct seeder.

Transplanting lettuces in spring

After planting the crops are kept watered, depending on the crop, with either drip or overhead irrigation.  All of our vegetables are watered with well water. The beds are kept free of weeds by small scale sustainable farming methods that use the motto 'early and often'.  Every bed is weeded by hand every two weeks to keep the beds free of weeds.  We also extensively use a pre-emergent weeding technique where we prep the garden beds two weeks early, water it as if it is planted with a crop and then flame weed the bed to kill weeds before planting.  This technique greatly reduces weeds on our farm.   

No weeds in the lettuce mix!

To control those insects that like to eat vegetables as much as we do, we plant a large crop of sunflowers and other bird-friendly blooming flowers and vines. Birds sing while doing the good work of eating bugs. 

Moving floating row cover in the spring.

We use floating row cover over our cabbage crops (including cabbage,  arugula, Asian greens, broccoli, and Brussels-sprouts) to keep the cabbage moths out. Healthy soil, healthy plants, row cover, and natural pest predators, create a vigorous pro-plant habitat.

After seeding, watering, and weeding, the vegetables are harvested by hand with great care.  They are refrigerated and cleaned immediately.  All fresh vegetables are delivered directly from us to our customers within 48 hours. 

Vegetables are harvested and packed by hand and sold directly to our customers

We use an intensive method of creating garden beds where we add a large amount of compost and then never use deep tillage on the bed again.  This permanent bed system means we don't ever turn more than the top 2 inches of soil greatly minimizing the number of weed seed present in our soil.

Applying compost in the hoop house at the end of the season.

At the end of the season we top the beds off with a generous amount of compost and alfalfa hay.  The beds are then covered over the winter months allowing the earthworms go to work bringing the nutrients from the compost and hay deep into the topsoil and subsoil.

Every decision we make on our farm, from selecting seed, to how we cultivate the soil, to carefully timed crop plantings, is made with the underlying principle that human health is directly related to soil health. We strive to create the healthiest soil possible.

Over the years we've found our dedication to healthy soil has a wonderful by-product; not only are our soil tests coming back more and more healthy each year but we are growing some incredibly delicious food to feed our community.